“The Driver” is specialist in a rare business: he drives getaway cars in robberies. His exceptional talent prevented him from being caught yet. After another succeeded flight from the police, a self-assured detective makes it his primary goal to catch the Driver. He promises remission of of punishment to a gang if they help to convict him in a set-up robbery. The Driver seeks help from the player Isabelle to mislead the detective. —IMDb
Walter Hill (born January 10, 1940) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Hill is known for male-dominated action films and revival of the Western.
Hill was born in Long Beach, California. Growing up in southern California, Hill was asthmatic as a child and, as a result, missed several years of school. He spent much of his time daydreaming, reading comic books, and listening to radio serials. Hill said his father and grandfather were “smart, physical men who worked with their heads and their hands” and had “great mechanical ability.” His paternal grandfather was a wildcat oil driller. Hill worked in the oil fields as a roustabout on Signal Hill near Los Angeles during summers of the latter part of his high school years and several more years while in college. During one summer, he ran an asbestos pipe-cutting machine and worked as a spray painter. After a stint at Mexico City College, he later majored in history at Michigan State University.
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Great car chases, Ryan O'Neal owns it, and Bruce Dern at his swarmy bug eyed best. One major quibble more Adjani. Every movie needs a little more Adjani.
O’Neal fits the bill of the steely anti-hero, and the casting of Adjani is inspired, along with the inverted typecasting of Dern as a crooked cop. Compared with Le samouraï before it, it evokes (or rather, invokes) the stoic, lone wolf persona; compared to Drive after it, it predates the neon hues while shunning the throbbing soundscapes - throwing its weight firmly behind the hardened cool of Melville over the glossy school of Refn. Of course, Hill’s credentials lend their weight to The Driver’s own class of action, proving exceedingly taut in itself.
Lean efficiency is the hallmark of Walter Hill's sophomore effort, THE DRIVER, a taut chase thriller about a getaway driver who is constantly pursued by a relentless cop. A spiritual predecessor to DRIVE, Hill strips down his characters to their bare essence, whittling each one down to their most essential elements - their purpose, in a world where one's profession means everything.. A remarkable film.
A look at the various international posters for Walter Hill’s car-chase classic.
While Hill’s The Warriors and The Driver screen in New York, Cooper’s other Silver Bear winner is out on Blu-ray.